WELCOME to the online home of the Muskoka Field Naturalists. We are an enthusiastic group of more than 100 individuals with a keen interest in nature who participate in a wide variety of activities. We hope that you like what you see and will want to join us!

Come out to our monthly meetings and enjoy presentations on fascinating natural history topics. New members and visitors of all ages are always welcome!

Join us on one of our regular outings in the Muskoka area and beyond. Winter finds us on snowshoes searching for tracks in the local woods. In spring and summer we are in pursuit of birds and butterflies. When the leaves change colour we enjoy a fall fungi foray.

Each year MFN members also participate in a number of nature counts and projects. Find one that interests you. No experience necessary.

Want to know what to see and where to go in Muskoka? Check out our Go Wild pages for information on the flora and fauna of Muskoka and insider information on local "hotspots".

What interesting things have we seen lately? Read about our members' field experiences in our Encounters section.

Are you more of an armchair naturalist? Want to know what's on our bedside tables? Browse our Good Reads page for great suggestions for your reading list.

Test your identification skills with our monthly Quiz.

Still not sure that MFN is for you? Enjoy reading past issues of our club newsletter, Wakerobin, to see what you have been missing!

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NEXT MEETING:

NEW MEETING LOCATION!
MFN is returning to Bracebridge!
February through June meetings will be held at the Bracebridge United Church, 46 Dominion Street. Plenty of public parking is available in the lot behind the church and the Bracebridge Public Library. Enter through the doors across from the Bracebridge Centre for Active Living.
September through January meetings are held in
Gravenhurst at the Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre (Grace and Speed Museum), located at 275 Steamship Bay Road off Hwy. 169 N (towards Bala).

Thursday, 7 February 2019
"Algonquin Through the Seasons". This program features the flora and fauna of Algonquin Park as they change through the seasons. Lev Frid is an Algonquin Park naturalist very familiar with this interesting subject.



NEXT OUTING:

To be announced.


OF INTEREST:

The Muskoka Discovery Centre, Gravenhurst, is hosting a speaker series. A couple of the talks might be of special interest to field naturalists. The talks begin at 2:00 p.m. Admission by donation:

Sunday 20 January 2019
Art and Knowledge for Plankton - Forging the Link in Watershed Wonders
Delve into the world of Daphnia, Diatoms and Drawings as we explore the incredible collaboration of Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Dr. Norman Yan, and local artist Lynda Lynn on their work together.

Sunday 3 February 2019
Birds of the Muskoka Watershed.
Join Mike Burrell as he waxes about waxwings, warblers, and other winged friends of the Muskoka Watershed.

Also of interest is a six-week course, Birds at Your Feeder, being offered through the Muskoka Conservancy. Aaron Rusak will be teaching the course on knowing birds that are likely to come to your feeder. Based on Cornell Bird Academy's course, it covers identifying species, feeding habits, preferred foods, and more. For beginners or experienced birders, the classes run for an hour on Monday nights at 6:30 from January 21 to February 25, at the Bracebridge United Church. Cost is a suggested minimum donation of $40 to Muskoka Conservancy. To register call 705-645-7393, ext. 200 or email info@muskokaconservancy.org.

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